International classification society RINA has reached a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ABB for the development of new concepts for shipping decarbonisation.

The entities will engage in the development of new concepts to reduce emissions for different vessel types in the shipping sector.

RINA and ABB will mainly develop commercially viable solutions, including fuel cell systems with carbon capture, to help the shipping industry advance decarbonisation.

The partnership will also bolster the use of hydrogen, as well as focus on the launch of modern approaches to ship propulsion.

RINA marine executive vice-president Giosuè Vezzuto said: “We are delighted about the MoU with ABB. It demonstrates the high level of commitment between our companies.

“There are many challenges to overcome, and collaboration is crucial if we are to succeed in addressing them to protect the environment.”

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Under the agreement, RINA will offer approval in principle of design concepts to complement the technologies available from ABB, in addition to the appropriate regulations. It will also provide project and type approvals.

Its other areas of focus will include Hazard Identification and Operability (HAZID/HAZOP) analyses, cybersecurity certification, review of feasibility studies, and support with enterprise resource planning (ERP) and digital solutions.

Meanwhile, ABB will focus on developing solutions based on the latest technologies to help deliver information on ways to enhance fuel efficiency in current systems.

Furthermore, it will present these solutions to owners, designers and shipyards.

ABB Marine and Ports’ marine systems business line manager Rune Braastad said: “ABB is known for its long-standing commitment and expertise in developing electric, automated and digital technologies to make the maritime industry more sustainable.

“Bringing new, commercially viable solutions to the market is a long process that requires close collaboration between class societies and technology providers.”